West Chester
West Chester will again represent the Philadelphia region in the NCAA Division II Tournament when the club opens pod play against Charleston on Thursday at Millersville. 
The Golden Rams (31-18) enter the tourney as the No. 5 team in the Atlantic Region. West Chester (31-18) joins Charleston (41-10) and host Millersville (40-8) in the three-team pod. 
The other Atlantic Region pod will be hosted by the second-seeded Seton Hill Griffins. Fresh off a PSAC Tournament Championship, Seton Hill hosts Shippensburg in a first-round game. East Stroudsburg and Mercyhurst are the other two teams in that pod. 
The winners of the two Atlantic Region pods will play a best-of-three Super Regional at the site of the highest remaining seed May 26-27. That winner will advance to the 2023 NCAA Division II National Championships in Cary, N.C. 
West Chester won the Atlantic Regional last year as the No. 1 seed and advanced to the national championships in Cary, N.C. They were one of four teams left in Cary before falling to were eventual national champion North Greenville. 
Junior Joe Kaleck leads the offense for the Golden Rams, hitting .324 with three homers, 49 RBIs, and 34 stolen bases. Senior John DeMucci is another vital bat for West Chester, hitting a team-best .360 with four homers and a .966 OPS. 
Right-handers Joe Sperone (7-4, 3.93) and David Ferguson (7-3, 4.00), along with lefty Julian Costa (5-2, 3.34) comprise the West Chester rotation. 
About Charleston (43-10) 
For the fourth time in five years, the Charleston Golden Eagles are the Mountain East Conference Tournament Champions, defeating Frostburg State, 12-8. The Golden Eagles offense pieced together a historic run in the conference tourney, setting new records for runs (74), doubles (25), and stolen bases (13). In total they had 75 hits including three triples and eight home runs. The tournament MVP Clay Hale was a walking RBI machine. Over five games he hit .500 with nine runs, fourteen RBI, six doubles, six walks, and two home runs including a grand slam. 
This season Charleston set new conference records for season wins (42), runs scored (500), and RBI (472). 
About Millersville (40-8) 
The Marauders built a top-seeded resume by going 40-8 against the nation's No. 19-ranked schedule and going 21-3 against a PSAC East with seven teams above .500. Of Millersville's eight losses, six came against teams ranked in the top eight of their region. Millersville totaled 25 wins over teams with above .500 records and went 13-3 against six of the top nine teams in the previous NCAA Atlantic Region rankings. 
Senior Bren Taylor leads the offense with a .415 batting average with a 1.116 OPS. Senior Thomas Caufield (a West Chester native) leads the club with nine homers and 46 RBIs. 
The combined pitching staff ERA of 3.16 is the second-best in the nation. 
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